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The Timber Trail

A former sawmilling stronghold with a rich historic, cultural and natural heritage, the Pureora Forest Park is intersected by the famous Timber Trail cycleway.

Part of the NZ Cycle Trail network this stunning trail is rideable year round. The full trail is 85kms and is graded at a level of 2-3, and is a two day ride from Pureora in the North to Ongarue in the South.

The Timber Trail follows the original Ongarue logging tramway, constructed and operated by sawmilling firm Ellis and Burnand until it ceased useage in 1958. Rich with historical attractions, and spectacular swing brides visitors to the Pureora Forest also have the opportunity to experience magnificent native landscapes and bird life. 

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Timber Trail Suspension Bridge

The full 85km ride from Pureora to Ongarue is best done over two days with Piropiro being an ideal halfway stopover. The final 45km from Piropiro to Ongarue is the most popular section of the trail and suitable for anybody with a reasonable level of fitness and makes a fantastic one day ride.

The best way of tackling the trail is to leave your car in Ongarue (the end of the trail) then catch a shuttle to the start in Pureora for the full 85kms or Piropiro for the one day option. If you leave your car at the bottom of the trail you can ride at your own pace and you don’t need to worry about the set times shuttles run on. Contact local operator Epic Cycle Adventures for all information and bookings.

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